Ex­plo­sion: Buhari mourns atomic en­ergy chair­man, son, oth­ers

The Punch - - NEWS - John Ameh and God­win Isenyo

THE Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari (retd.), said on Sun­day he was sad­dened by the death of the Chair­man, Nige­ria Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion, Prof. Si­mon Mal­lam, and other vic­tims in Satur­day’s gas ex­plo­sion in Kaduna State.

The late pro­fes­sor’s son and three oth­ers also lost their lives in the ex­plo­sion, which oc­curred at Sabon Tasha.

Sabon Tasha is in the Chikun Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state.

“I am deeply touched by this un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent that claimed the lives of Prof. Si­mon Mal­lam, his son and oth­ers.

“The death of the eru­dite pro­fes­sor has robbed Nige­ria of a great sci­en­tist, whose ser­vices were acutely needed at a time we are in­creas­ing em­pha­sis on science and tech­nol­ogy for de­vel­op­ment”, a State House state­ment by Buhari’s me­dia aide, Mr Garba Shehu, quoted the Pres­i­dent as say­ing.

He added, “I ex­tend my heart­felt sym­pa­thy to his fam­ily and those of other vic­tims of the gas ex­plo­sion. May God com­fort these fam­i­lies and give them the for­ti­tude to bear the loss.”

The ex­plo­sion, which oc­curred in a res­i­den­tial build­ing, had claimed the life of the pro­fes­sor, who re­port­edly went to a bar­ber­shop in the area for his son to have a hair­cut.

The son and three oth­ers also died.

Mean­while, the Kaduna State Deputy Gov­er­nor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, on Sun­day vis­ited the scene of the ex­plo­sion.

The deputy gov­er­nor and top gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies also paid a con­do­lence visit to the fam­ily of late Prof. lo­cated in Gonin Gora area of the state.

“We are sad over this un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent. We pray for the re­pose of those who lost their lives. We ad­vise res­i­dents to ad­here strictly to gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy when open­ing busi­ness,” she told re­porters shortly af­ter the as­sess­ment of the ex­plo­sion scene.

She com­mended the se­cu­rity as well as the hu­man­i­tar­ian agen­cies for par­tak­ing in the search and res­cue op­er­a­tions.

She also vis­ited vic­tims at Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, Sabon Tasha, St.ger­ald Hos­pi­tal and Ba­rau Dikko Teach­ing hos­pi­tal within the Kaduna metropo­lis.

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